With SoCon tournament implications on the line heading into the match, the Bucs looked to get off on the right foot in order to host the first round of the tournament in the next weekend. Despite the attacking play, the Bucs were unable to grab any real opportunities in the first 30 minutes, creating only one chance that didn’t threaten the Spartan side.
After growing into the game, the Bucs started to record chance after chance, including forcing a save from UNCG’s Abby Buchholz from Elena Pisani’s header that resulted in a scramble around the box before the Spartans eventually cleared the danger.
With just three minutes before half, the Spartans broke through the Buccaneer defense and opened the goal scoring on the afternoon. Recycling the play in the box, Kaley Tucker ran onto a through ball at the top of the 18 and rifled her shot low and out of reach of a stretching Tess Mrozek.
Later on Sunday, the Southern Conference announced the official bracket for the 2019 conference championship tournament. ETSU enters with the eighth seed and a first-round home game.
The Bucs (5-10-4, 1-6-2) will host No. 9 The Citadel (5-10-2, 1-8) in the first round on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
Samford clinched the top seed and the regular season championship with a win over Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon. Furman clinched the second seed as UNCG finished third with their win over the Bucs earlier this afternoon. Mercer, Western Carolina and Wofford round out the top seven seeds. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.